Avalanche 5, Islanders 2: Similar Tale has Isles Heading into Break on Losing Note

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The story line for Saturday night’s loss was eerily similar to the one from Thursday.

Despite being the better team early on — at one point outshooting the Colorado Avalanche 10-1 — the Avs took the lead in the first period and never looked back. The Islanders did cut the Colorado lead to just one late in the third, but the visitors added two goals in the final minute to secure a 5-2 win.

“Same old story,” Islander Coach Jack Capuano said after the loss. “We dominated the game and we don’t win a hockey game… We had some unbelievable chances.”

The Avalanche tallied the game’s first goal 13:04 into the first period. Nathan MacKinnon put one past Evgeni Nabokov after Eric Boulton had pushed an Avalanche player into the Islander netminder, making it impossible for Nabokov to make the save.

Matt Duchene made it 2-0 Avalanche early in the second period, tallying his first of two goals in the contest. He gave Colorado the 3-0 lead 2:44 later. A tough angle shot from the Avs’ star went past Nabokov’s glove and top shelf into the net.

But an avalanche of penalties against Colorado allowed the Islanders to claw back into the game midway through the third.

With Cody McLeod, Andre Benoit and Maxim Talbot all in the box the Islanders had a five-on-three power play opportunity. John Tavares got the Islanders on the board at 11:17 to cut it to a 3-1 Avalanche lead. Colorado took another penalty less than a minute after the Islander goal and put the home team back on the five-on-three advantage.

Four seconds later a blast from the point by Lubomir Visnovsky cut the Avs lead to just one.

But the Islanders couldn’t find the equalizer with the remaining power play time. It looked as though Brock Nelson had tied the game in the waining minutes of regulation, but his shot just glided across the goal line.

Colorado added two empty net goals in the final minute and came away with the win.

“There’s a lot of frustration,” said Travis Hamonic, who was appearing in his first game since January 12. “I feel like we had a great start and kind of shot ourselves in the foot there in the second period to be quite honest with you. Power play definitely hasn’t been clicking and it was nice that we could take advantage of kind of an unfamiliar setting when you have that many five-on-threes in a row.”

The Tavares power play goal ended an 0-33 power play drought that the Islanders had going, but the fact that the two power play goals came on a two man advantage dampened the fact that the special teams had finally come through. When the Islanders needed it the most, the power play unit failed to convert on a five-on-four power play.

“Yeah a five-on-three goal, a little relief,” Capuano said. “It was good to see guys shoot pucks. Again we shot a puck. [Josh Bailey] throws it over to Johnny and he shoots a puck. That’s what we gotta do, but we had some other ones that were so so.”

The Islanders will now head into the 18-day Olympic break having lost five of their last six games and the latest loss moves the Isles further out of playoff positioning.

“It leaves a pretty sour taste in your mouth going into the break,” Hamonic said. “But you try to use that as a bit of motivation heading into the last 22 [games].”




213 comments
theguru
theguru

these snow apologists crawl out of the crevices to disclaim the notion that the vanek trade was one of the worse in the history of hockey. first of all you received absolutely nothing in return from this trade. in point of fact you can say that losing moulson had a worse effect than what you got from vanek but either way this team could not of been any worse off without this trade and as i stated in an earlier post you will not get anything back. snow will not trade vanek because the pittance he will receive back would only underscore how bad this trade was. secondly there is no reason to think that this team will be any better next year. while other teams keep improving snow is just taking this team further into an abyss. and unless wang pulls a steinbrenner and spends 300 million in the off season help is not on the way. to suggest all this team needs is a goalie is laughable. this trade will result in buffalo acquiring a all future all star or two in all likelihood. but either way the upside for buffalo is enormous.

Noah Gregory
Noah Gregory

I missed the fifth goal, the second empty netter ? How was it a goal, didn't A-mac block it?

theguru
theguru

these snow apologists are in a constant state of denial. they keep mentioning that the pick is deferred. well its a number 3 overall pick this year as of now and next year it could be a number 1 so pick your method of execution. and all this for a rental player. not to mention a second rounder and moulson. they have no choice but to defer but the odds of them be any better in the standings next year are steep. the odds of surrendering a superstar player in a very strong draft next year are very strong. if this trade isn't one of the worse in the history of hockey then i would like to hear one that is worse

Harry (PJP)
Harry (PJP)

Pretty effing sad that the state of affairs with this team lately....for gods sake I think I miss Mad Mike...help, somebody, help!

csh205
csh205

More of the same, so tired of this, just move already, 52 more "home" games to go, be surprised if we even win 15 of those. We have one regulation home win this season against the eastern conference, building is a lame duck.

theguru
theguru

the vanek trade may go down as one of the worse in history. they could very well be giving up a top 3 pick next year and a future all star yet you still have imbeciles on this site saying it was a good trade

Billy T Moore
Billy T Moore

This season is a disaster...It's a sinking ship,with no help in sight...when cappy says they dominated the game, he is delusional..

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Next season watch us get the # 1 overall pick and have to deal Connor McDavid (the next Crosby) to Buffalo.  Of all the Islander disaster stories that would have to be an all time low.

I agree 100% with orange, that moulson for vanek trade was all about the Isles not wanting to spend money.  Pure criminal. Moulson would have signed here and they knew Vanek wouldn't have.

shlo
shlo

@Noah Gregory  Throwing the stick at a player shooting on an empty net. Automatic goal.

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@theguru Cam Neely was traded from Vancouver along with a 1st rd (3rd overall) draft pick used to select Glen Wesley for Barry Pederson. Now, the Vanek deal may end up being worse, time will tell.

dkdk
dkdk

But snow made it and he has proven to be a genius at every turn as his constant trip to the draft lottery has proven so why should he be doubted? And look at his selection of coaches. Equally brilliant.

He is easily the best active player named GM ever. And my hunch is he always will be.

tpjm
tpjm

@csh205  Bingo. That dump is bad luck, cursed. They sucked at "home" last year too and were better on the road. The sooner they leave the better.

Don22
Don22

@theguru Hardly the worst ever.  And the pick is protected this year.  They will defer it.

doc942
doc942

@theguru  The pick is protected through the top 10.  They will defer the pick to the following year. 

theguru
theguru

@mitchfritz  blame snow not your father. there is no reason to be a fan of this team as long as snow is GM. its an excersise in futility and self misery. all you can do is laugh and shake your head. do not watch the games and root for this team. on the contrary the best thing you can do is root against the team until wong fires him or until snow does of old age.

doc942
doc942

@Sam Sam  That is really an uneducated statement.  The Islanders offered Vanek 50 million dollars.  He wants to go to FA which is his right to do.  How is that the Islanders "don't" want to spend money…?  Don't give me the line that they knew Vanek wouldn't accept and therefore it was a foil… and the only reason they traded Moulson would be so that they wouldn't have to pay him either.  The trade didn't work.  End of story.  Stop with the conspiracy theories.

Tom Enny
Tom Enny

@Sam Sam  The Isles can defer the number 1 pick to the following year.  

theguru
theguru

@Chris R @theguru  this team isn't much better than an expansion team. they need everything not just a goalie

theguru
theguru

@dkdk  he has had 8 years and the team is a fixture in the lottery only now they don't even have their pick. even wang if he ever comes out of his coma can't seriously try to defend snow's track record. what is there to defend? are these apologists really this ignorant or maybe they are coming on this site for kicks? to try and agitate the fans. they cant be this stupid?

Harry (PJP)
Harry (PJP)

@tpjm @csh205  So much for Fort Neverlose or "Islander Time"


I mean look no farther than last year's playoffs. What team with a shred of self respect loses not one, but TWO home overtime games in the playoffs including the elimination game. This team is a bunch of gutless pukes and the building is living up to its more recent namesake...a mausoleum

dkdk
dkdk

And if next year is no better?

jepliberty
jepliberty

@theguru Maybe someone should put all our disgust, and anger on a T-shirt, and have a couple thousand fans  wear them to the games, maybe the media will ask some pertinent questions of why they would wear them, as they don't inquire about this team as it is. Perhaps word would get out beyond the NVMC, and Long Island.

Sam Sam
Sam Sam

Doc, who released the news that Vanek was offered 50 million? Arthur Staple, Garth's buddy. Think. It's pretty obvious what is going on here.

Don22
Don22

@doc942 It's a big giant conspiracy Doc.  Charles and Garth are actually an ancient alien species planted here on earth to cause utter chaos and destruction.  They've decided to start with the Islanders first and then work their way into destroying the rest of the world. 

theguru
theguru

@dkdk  i see your point. if a GM for a nhl franchise can be that stupid and inept then there must be fans out there who support him that are just as stupid.

dkdk
dkdk

Guru .... I really don't know at this point. At times I think they are legit, at times I think they are employees, at times I think they are just hopelessly, blindly praying for better. But you are right I have no idea how some people still look to commend him.

Don22
Don22

@shamwow @dkdkShamwow - do you do to Islanders games or do you just watch on TV?

Don22
Don22

@shamwow @Don22@theguru @dkdkGive me a break guys.  All I am saying is it's not the worst trade ever.  It was a gamble that didn't work out.  And really, it remains to be seen until Vanek is traded.  

Apologist - right DK. You guys really just need to go away until Wang sells.  You're right.  I'm an apologist and part of the team's payroll.  So until they sell, I'm winning.

You guys all say that you can't support a team with Charles owning it and your rants here are a testament to that.  Unfortunately your rants and shots at me here do nothing to help your cause.  

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

Agreed...

And what fans must ultimately get their heads around and come to realize is, hockey in general, and the Islanders in particular, are nothing but diversions employed by Chuck Wang to achieve his ends: first the 77-acre land grab scheme, and now the Barclays sweetheart deal that pays him millions...

When seen in that light, everything comes clearly into perspective; Sanjay Kumar as co-owner, the Milbury years, decisions by committee, amateur GM, "rebuild" to nowhere...

Chuck Wang is expert at playing certain games, Hockey isn't one of them. 

dkdk
dkdk

I agree that is why I have begun calling this "rebuild" a game of 3 card monte. It is a game of sleight of hand.

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

All fraud requires diversion of one form or another, and in  every diversionary tactic is found the true motive - there are no perfect swindles...

Anyone paying any attention whatsoever realized there was never a commitment to "rebuilding"...

No "rebuild" starts by hiring and firing a Cup winning GM in the span of 30 days, followed by dragging the back-up goalie into the executive suite, then proceeding to gut the hockey operations and scouting depts...

Chuck Wang's ownership of the Team was nothing but a front from day one.

dkdk
dkdk

No, niece's sweet 16 thankfully.

They do just enough to lead the handful of apologists to believe they are trying and then sprinkle in a few references to the kids on the farm. Forget that the farm team is also a mess. Forget that all the prior prospect names we heard also haven't amounted to much.

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

As you called it DK, Dog-And-Pony show...

I referred to it as a sideshow on the Visnovsky thread.

Hockey is the least of Chuck Wang's concerns.

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

I hope that family gathering last night wasn't for a wake...

And if it was, I hope you invited RM

dkdk
dkdk

Hey shamwow .... You know how high the apologists like to set the bar!

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Don22 @mrcisback   I though so also until i heard the NHL live commentators the other night and they said that "Snow failed to meet Vancouvers asking price." So there was something that Vancouver would have taken from the Islanders before they turned to the Devils.

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback I don't think that's right though.  The Canucks wanted a top 10 pick and nothing else.  A package of #1 (15) and Stome might have been offered and might be considered a better deal, but for some reason Vancouver really wanted Hovat.  So I don't think it was that Snow didn't meet Vancouver's asking price - he couldn't because he didn't have a draft spot they wanted. 

Vancouver and the Devils really were the perfect trade partners.  Vancouver wanted a top 10 pick and the Devils wanted a goalie.  Isles wanted a goalie too, but didn't have the pick.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@Don22 @mrcisback   Hi Don. At least we know now that the Islanders could have had Cory Schneider before the Devils if Snow would have met vancouver's asking price. We don't know what that was but once Snow said no Vancouver turned to the Devils.

Don22
Don22

@mrcisback That's the thing Mr. C.  From all that I have read, Vancouver for some reason really wanted Hovart and were looking for a top 10 pick for Schnieder, which the Isles could not give them.   I'm not saying it makes sense, but in this case it seems that Vancouver wanted Hovat and nothing else.

mrcisback
mrcisback

@since72   I seriously doubt the Islanders will be picking in the top ten in the  2015 draft.  The reason i say that is Snow has got to know by now that goaltending is the Islanders major achilles heel. That problem has has to be corrected in the off season. They said on NHL live the other day that Snow  failed to meet Vancouvers demand for Cory Schneider. Now they didn't say what Vancouver was asking for but i'd imagine it was something like Strome and a #1 or Nino and a #1 or maybe less. You mean to tell me Snow couldn't come up with a better offer then the 9th pick which was used on Bo Hovart. If the Islanders made that trade for Schneider then the Islanders would be sitting right next to the rangers in the standings and a lot of the negative talk would be reduced. It was a major blunder by Snow.

since72
since72

@dkdk  I was thinking about this today.  If we in the top 3, you take it but then next season better be at least middling.  I'm almost tempted to let Buffalo have it now if it isn't in the top 3 as next season's draft is supposed to be deeper.

dkdk
dkdk

And they release it to wangs neighbor and friends tabloid .... Newsday

shamwow
shamwow

@Sam Sam

You got that right, Sam...

Those unnamed sources for Islander info are named Garth and Chuck

shamwow
shamwow

@Don22 @doc942

Yeah Don, Chuck Wang would never be involved in a conspiracy to defraud...


dkdk
dkdk

No they are just completely inept, no conspiracy. And if you don't think so just look at the records for everyone season they have been running the show.